The iPad Air 2 is Apple's most powerful tablet yet, and is incredibly thin and light. It's a solid upgrade over last year's Air, and should definitely be one of your top tablet considerations.Read Full Review
- Beautiful, thin aluminum design
- Incredibly powerful A8X chip
- Touch ID included
- Upgraded camera
- Battery life could be better
- Some will miss the mute switch
I got this iPad as a gift about a week now, coming from a Samsung Tab S 8.4... I had owned the iPad 4 previously, and really enjoyed it. I decided to sell that in favor of portability, since the 4 was heavy and had large bezels. The Tab S was AWESOME. Lightweight, best in class screen, and expandable memory. Then out of no where, I got an iPad Air 2.Physical Impressions:*The thing is as light as a feather. I really appreciate this, as it feels like I'm holding a smaller form factor tablet. *The extra thin design is nice, but not too much thicker than the Tab S. I was already accustom to thin. Apple isn't special.*The screen is quite nice, but I prefer the Tab S's deep blacks and beautiful color to this. Easily 2nd place looking at the tablet market as a whole. *Aluminum scratches easily. Right now I just have a smart cover and am terrified of setting this thing on it's backside. I know it looks nice, but I wish it was a different material....Performance:*NO complaints with the speed of this tablet. EVERYTHING opens as soon as I click it, and I have yet to encounter any sluggishness.*Gaming performance is AWESOME*iOS 8.1 is still buggy as hell. 3rd party keyboard apps remain almost entirely worthless because of this. The keyboard is still randomly dissapearing, often time will lock up for a good 5 seconds. upon opening or closing the keyboard...Other thoughts:I received the cellular model, and had no intentions to activate service. The person who bought the iPad for me thought I could take advantage of the added GPS chip (thoughtful!) Every minute or so I received a popup asking me if I would like to setup cell service, and I'd always click "later." the popup disregards whatever you are doing on the tablet and opens on the top layer of everything.... ALL DAY EVERYDAY. I called Apple to see if there was a way to turn off the prompt, and there isn't. The only way to get the popup to stop is to sign up for service. After review, I signed up for the free 200mb of T-mobile service in order to get rid of the pop-up. Only AFTER you select and sign up for a service are you able to turn off the cell radio.... what is wrong with Apple. What an oversight. Why are you forcing people to sign up for service from a 3rd party vendor - and remind you uncontrollably until you do. Overall, I firmly believe this is the best tablet out there. The hardware quality is wonderful, and the weight and thickness finally makes it more portable; there really isn't a reason to get the iPad mini anymore. Coming from Android, I miss some features.... like having more settings options in the drop down menu, be able to play any video or audio file, removable storage, and side by side apps (kudos to Samsung.) If you want those things, get a Tab S or consider the Nexus 9.I just sold my Tab S, and look forward to using my new iPad for years to come.